CBL Opens 7th Rural Financial Institution in Sanniquellie

first_imgThe Central Bank of Liberia has opened its seventh Rural Financial Institution in Sanniquellie, Nimba County with local business entrepreneurs and county officials praising the CBL Governor, Dr. Mills Jones and staff for their economic and financial inclusion nationwide.The opening of the Nimba Rural Community Finance Institution (NRCFI) in Sanniquellie makes it the second financial institution constructed by the CBL and the Afriland First Bank in that County, the first one located in Karnplay, Gbelleyger District in Nimba County.The CBL, under Dr. Jones’ leadership, had inaugurated and opened five similar financial institutions in Karnplay, Gbeh-lay Geh District, Nimba County; Barclayville, Grand Kru County; Fish Town, River Gee County; Bopolu, Gbarpolu County; and Cestos City, River Cess County.These financial entities have since been bringing relief to government employees, businesses and other citizens in terms of moving to distant areas to get banking services including money transfer services.NRCFI is under the management of the Afriland First BankPresenting the banking license to the chairperson of the board of NRCFI, the CBL Governor urged citizens to utilize the facility by banking their money and paying back money credited to enable others to benefit.Gov. Jones declared, “We have to make the lives of the people of Rivercess County better and simple economics says, when you save you invest,” adding, “it is good to save your money for economic growth.”He noted that the CBL and Afriland Bank have done it with the creation of the rural financial institution, but it is the determination and hard work of the people that will bring growth and improve livelihoods.Earlier, Mr. Thomas King, Sr. Analyst, Microfinance and Financial Inclusion Unit of the CBL, who introduced the program, noted that the opening of the NRCFI would ease the problem of the residents to go to distant areas such as Tappita, Saclepea, Ganta and nearby villages to encash their salary checks, savings account, direct deposit and to utilize money transfer services such as MoneyGram or Western Union.At the dedicatory ceremony in Sanniquellie, traditional leaders praised the CBL and its leadership including the chairperson Board of Directors of the Afriland First Bank, Mrs. K. Margaret Korkpor, wife of Liberia’s Chief Justice, Francis Korkpor, for their tireless efforts in providing another banking institution to them.For her part, Mrs. Korkpor urged Nimbaians to make use of the facility by saving their money. She also promised them that the bank under her supervision as chairperson will provide better services to them.Also speaking, Nimba County Development Superintendent, Dorr Cooper cautioned Nimbaians against using the bank as a political tool by the people of the county noting that development should now be the inner objective of all Nimba citizens.At the same time, the traditional leaders vowed to support and sustain through the buying of shares and economic and financial interaction.Meanwhile, Hamadou Bayo, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Afriland First Bank, which provided technical assistance prior to the opening of the NRCFI, said the bank will serve all the financial transactions of the people of that county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Rees Hotel Queenstown wins Best New Zealand Hotel

first_imgThe Rees’ Lakeside ResidencesThe Rees Hotel Queenstown wins ‘Best New Zealand Hotel’The Rees Hotel Queenstown was again the winner of the prestigious ‘Best New Zealand Hotel’ Award at the 2018 HM Awards for Accommodation and Hotel Excellence held at the ICC in Sydney on Friday night. The award was hotly contested with a high calibre of entries. The achievement caps an outstanding year for The Rees with the highly anticipated opening of its luxury Lakeside Residences and an array of new hotel initiatives, culinary events and more international awards. The HM Awards are the leading industry awards in the region and celebrate the best properties, departments, people, chains and brands in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Over 1500 different properties are nominated each year for the HM Awards with finalists and winners decided by a judging panel of 20 industry professionals and travel media. The Rees was nominated as a finalist in five categories: ‘Best New Zealand Hotel’ (won previously), ‘Best General Manager’ (won previously by Mark Rose), ‘Best Hotel Chef’ (won previously by Mr Batterbury), ‘Best Communications Associate’ (Caroline Davidson) and ‘Australasian Hotel of the Year’.General Manager Mark Rose has been responsible for The Rees Hotel’s continued success and impressive growth since its opening in 2009. He recently oversaw the construction and implementation of five luxury Lakeside Rees Residences as well as the introduction of groundbreaking housekeeping technology Optii keeper and the Hotel’s ‘Rees Bees’ apiary eco initiative amongst many other achievements.These initiatives, along with the outstanding level of service and hospitality at The Rees, have further secured its reputation as an exceptional luxury Queenstown accommodation choice.Mr Rose said, “It is an absolute honour to accept this award on behalf of The Rees Hotel Queenstown. We are truly blessed with an incredible team and their commitment, effort and support make this accomplishment possible. Each year we strive not only to meet but exceed guests’ expectations. This award is a great reminder that we are maintaining an outstanding level of excellence”.In other awards, The Rees Hotel was crowned ‘Best New Zealand Ski Hotel’ at the 2017 World Ski Awards and this year achieved two of the NZ tourism sector’s highest official marks of quality, the ‘Qualmark 5 Star Hotel and Gold Tourism Business Sustainability Awards’ for the second year running. The Rees’ fine dining restaurant True South Dining Room was also awarded a 2018 Wine Spectator ‘Best of Award of Excellence’. The Rees Hotel Queenstown blends chic five star accommodation with all the comforts of home and the service and facilities of an elite international hotel. Situated on the absolute lakefront, The Rees’ terraced construction delivers complete privacy and showcases panoramic views overlooking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables Mountains in Queenstown, New Zealand.Its landmark restaurant is the True South Dining Room.For Hotel bookings and enquiries phone: +64 3 450 1100 Or email: reservations@therees.co.nz Source = The Rees Hotel Queenstownlast_img read more